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FCC Approves Lawn Robots

Posted in FCC, Technology

lawn robot 2With a gleeful nod to all 15-year-old boys out there, yesterday the FCC approved the first lawn robot. The manufacturer —iRobot—claims that this Roomba-for-the-Yard device “has the potential for reducing deaths and injuries, reducing emissions and noise pollution, and improving quality of life related to residential lawn mowing.” Frankly, given our own shaky experiences with lawn mowers, our first thought was the opposite—“run for your life, your lawn mower is untethered”—but we trust the FCC has given this more thought than we have. In any event, the complicating issue for the FCC was not the safety of our cats and dogs, but interference with radio astronomy activities. Go figure.